Dr. Melissa Howard Fries, MD

Dr. Melissa Howard Fries, MD

Dr. Melissa Howard Fries, MD

Languages: English, German, Spanish
Fax: (202) 877-8695

Contact this Provider:

  • Medical Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
Conditions I Treat
  • abdominal dermoid cyst
  • abnormal genetic test results
  • abnormal pap smear
  • abnormalities of the uterus
  • adenocarcinoma in situ of the cervix
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Procedures I Perform
  • abdominal cerclage
  • antepartum and postpartum care
  • anti mullerian hormone (amh) testing
  • bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • biophysical profile testing
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About the Provider

As a reproductive geneticist and high risk obstetrician, Dr. Fries recognizes the privilege of caring for those whose road to motherhood has been difficult and uncertain. Mothers with genetic conditions, such as brittle bone disease, or problems, such as repaired congenital heart anomalies, have special risks in pregnancy. She is committed to providing the most compassionate and experienced care for these high risk women and their infants--comprehensive, honest, and committed care from preconception to postpartum. Dr. Fries works as part of a multidisciplinary and regional involvement of the adult physicians at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the Fetal Program at Children's National Medical Center. This inclusiveness allows women who may have doubted their chance for a healthy and successful pregnancy to realize their dreams.

Dr. Fries has spent over 30 years in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. She trained at the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences, and did her OB/GYNresidency at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center and my fellowship in reproductive genetics at University of California-San Francisco. After 26 years in the Air Force, Dr. Fries retired from the military and joined the faculty at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She presently serves as the department Chairperson and the Director of the Special Moms/Special Babies program.

Additional Practice Location:
18101 Prince Philip Dr 
Ste 5100
Olney, MD 20832  

Phone: (301) 570-7424 
Fax: (301) 570-7425 

  • Fellowship Program: University of California Hospitals and Clinics (1992)
  • Residency Program: Wilford Hall Medical Center - 59th Medical Wing (1988)
  • Internship Program: Wilford Hall Medical Center - 59th Medical Wing (1985)
  • Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (1984)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Practice Locations
  • 106 Irving Street Northwest
    Floor 1NW
    Washington, DC 20010
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  • 18101 Prince Philip Drive
    Suite 5100
    Olney, MD 20832
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    Phone: 301-570-7424
    Fax: 301-570-7425

  • 110 Irving Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-7101
    Fax: 202-877-6396

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